Women Take the Lead: Mediating Land Conflict in the Great Lakes

In the Great Lakes region of Africa, land is at the center of people’s livelihoods and identity. Land scarcity and ownership are key drivers of violent conflict in the area, often mitigated by local mediation mechanisms.

Traditionally, women’s participation in the mediation of land conflict has been very limited. Lately, they have been playing a growing role, thanks to the support of governments and traditional institutions.

To support the peaceful resolution of land conflicts, Search for Common Ground is partnering with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands on the project Strengthen Citizen Participation on Critical Social Issues to Prevent Land Conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. To achieve the project’s goals, we are organizing exchanges between key land stakeholders–including government representatives, traditional leaders, and civil society organizations–from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda; building the skills of land actors in each country; and leading media initiatives.

As part of the project, we conducted 4 case studies focusing on the role of women in the mediation of local land conflict and on their impact on peacebuilding in the Great Lakes.

Read the report.

Watch an interview with Search’s Program Manager Anaïs Caput on women and mediation in the Great Lakes: